3 Things Stylish Women Over 30 Never Wear

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When it comes to the most stylish women over 30, you’ll notice a marked level of confidence in the way they dress—they’re almost always pristine with a comfortable poise. But how? They’ve learned the wardrobe lessons, perhaps suffered a few woes as the majority of women do in their 20s—not to say they regret adventurous ensembles or loads of fun fashion embraced throughout the prior decade. But by 30, they’ve settled into an aesthetic with the know-how of a pro. They have identified the items that don’t work and made smart swaps for the pieces that do. So what items do they no longer stand by? Here, we break down a few basics. Thirty never looked chicer.

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What To Ditch By 30

You know those T-shirts that start to feel icky after a few washes—heck, they may even be falling apart? Yep, ditch 'em. Smart gals go for well-made tees that can stand up to repeat wears. They may cost a bit more, but the improved quality ensures they'll last. Plus, they're versatile enough to don with everything from jeans to suiting.

Pima Cotton T-shirt

$95

Adam Lippes

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Striped Organic Cotton T-shirt

$110

Bassike

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Crew Neck Fitted Top

$111

Majestic Filatures

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The Classic in Cream/Red

$118

Kule

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The Row Stilton Jersey T-shirt

$280

Matchesfashion.com

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Ribbed Cashmere Top

$585

The Elder Statesman

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From blazers to shirts to dresses, a sharp silhouette can make all the difference. That doesn't have to mean you're taking everything to the tailor—smart women go for the most tried-and-true staples in luxe fabrications from silk crepe to cashmere. Yes, they cost more. But with proper care, they'll last forever.

Worn In Stripe Button Down

$229

FRAME

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Cashmere Sweater

$295

Vince

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Striped Cropped Wool-Blend Sweater

$400

Proenza Schouler

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Hidden-Belt Pleat-Front Silk Dress

$410

Raey

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Tie-Front Cotton-Poplin Shirt

$550

Victoria, Victoria Beckham

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Cropped Large Pants

$565

Lemaire

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Isa Peak-Lapel Stretch-Piqué Jacket

$1,480

Khaite

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One thing is for certain: You will never spot a stylishly savvy woman in shoes she's not comfortable in. This doesn't mean heels are no longer part of the equation—pumps, block heels and loafers in quality materials like Italian leather and suede are tip-top and, yes, last a lifetime with proper care. Your shoe-repair guy is your friend.

Bi-Colour Crocodile-Effect Leather Loafers

$170

Joseph

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Point-Toe Suede Mules

$475

Mansur Gavriel

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Antoinette Leather Mules

$650

Gabriela Hearst

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85 Suede Pumps

$675

Gianvito Rossi

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Button-Buckle Suede Mary-Jane Pumps

$750

Prada

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Louella Suede Sock Ankle Boots

$950

Jimmy Choo

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Patricia Point-Toe Leather Loafers

$995

Givenchy

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